Originally posted by Sam Rutherford:
I can't agree with the:
'older cars are also easy to change over to LHD'
??!! There is absolutely no way that it makes commercial sense to buy a second hand (relatively old and battered) Land Cruiser, and then spend a huge amount of time and money converting it to LHD. Much more likely is that it would be broken for the identical parts (ie engine, gearbox etc.).
Hi !!! . I disagree . Most (if not all cars) are designed being left hand driving , and then modified for RHD countries . If you look at most UK car , most still have steering , pedals mountings , , everything at the left , even if they got the stuff at the right . Even the wiring harness is LHD , with a "RHD extension harness" just for UK models.
Actually , most RHD modern cars are actually manufactured with the brake pump ,servo , clutch actuator , at the LEFT !! , and controlled via sturdy levers from the pedals in the right (Ford mondeo UK-spec is the most ovbious example) .The steering , brake , servo , pump , clutch is at the left , and everything is actuated from the right !! .
Also , swapping the steering rack from RHD to LHD is straihgtforward in most UK cars.
Some of them are actually the same casting , with 2 holes for the pinnion entry .Others are as easy as flipping the rack.
The mountings , fittings , holes , etc.. are already there .
The only part which obviously doesnt fit is the dashboard , but that can be fixed too.
For converting to LHD a UK '86 Jag Series III , I was quoted about 2 grand in London , so I guess converting a old toyota in Niger would be really cheap .
Anyway , I agree that no-one will care at all .They will see it as a bargaining point , but they will really dont care at all. I "feel" that they will pay much less to a tourist for a RHD , but later , the resale value of such a vehicle beetween Nigerians would be much the same.
Just bargain harder.